Google Android 4.4.1 KitKat coming soon with camera improvements

Google Android 4.4 KitKatGoogle is getting ready to roll out the first update to Android 4.4 KitKat. According to The Verge, the Android 4.4.1 update could start rolling out “over the next few days” and will include a number of improvements for the camera.

Dave Burke, Google’s Director of Engineering for Android, outlined the key areas of camera improvement in Android 4.4.1. He recognized that the inclusion of OIS on the Nexus 5 allowed Google to improve image quality, especially in low light, but that it did so at the expense of longer focus and shutter times. The update speeds up the framerate and the time taken by the camera to read its surroundings, allowing it to snap pictures faster. Improvements were also made to the autofocus, exposure and white balance.

The speed at which the camera app launches has also been improved by about a second. Google is also starting to look at ways of improving the UI. The first change includes the addition of a new progress indicator to the HDR+ mode.

It’s likely that the update will also come with the usual list of bug fixes.

Android 4.4.1 is now in the testing stage and could be out shortly for the Google Nexus 5 and likely other Nexus devices. It appears that it will bear build number KOT49E. Google Play Edition smartphones also appear to be in line for a quick update.

All in all, it sounds like a good update for what remains one of the weakest areas of the Nexus smartphones.

Source : The Verge